A Tribe Called Quest’s Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad Scoring ‘Luke Cage’

Apr 15, 2016


A Tribe Called Quest are hip-hop legends and they’ll be making yet another impact into pulp-culture, as members Adrian Young and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have been working on the score for Marvel’s Luke Cage.

Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker made the announcement to Entertainment Weekly during the premiere of Captain America: Civil War.

“It’s very sophisticated. I mean, it’s got a ’90s hip-hop vibe, but it’s really forward-thinking. We have Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad doing the scoring for us,” Coker says of the show, which focuses on Cage, who debuted during season 1 of Jessica Jones, and introduces comic book character Misty Knight to the Marvel television universe. “We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, The Wire of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.”

It’s an interesting creative move on the part of Marvel Television to bring-in professionals to score the series, I’m curious if we’ll see the same thing happen with Iron Fist and The Defenders.

To get an idea of what their score could sound like here’s Adrian’s live Boiler Room set from 2014.

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I feel like this move could be in response to Quentin Tarantino’s past interest in developing the project in the 1990’s with Laurence Fishburne in the lead role. Their music sounds a lot like something you’d expect Tarantino would have used to pay homage to massively popular black exploitation films of the 1970s, that in part influenced the Luke Cage comics.



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